Theresa May releases first Christmas message as Prime Minister

British Prime Minister Theresa May has drawn on her Christian faith and upbringing as a vicar’s daughter in her first Christmas message from Number 10 Downing Street.

During her address, the Conservative leader speaks about the meaning of the birth of Christ and of growing up in a vicarage.

“As we gather with our friends and families at this time of year we proudly celebrate the birth of Christ and the message of forgiveness, love and hope that he brings.

“We also think of Christians in other parts of the world who face persecution this Christmas and re-affirm our determination to stand up for the freedom of people of all religions to practise their beliefs in peace and safety.”

– Prime Minister, Theresa May

Speaking about the historic vote to leave the European Union, she calls for the country to come together.

“As we leave the European Union we must seize an historic opportunity to forge a bold new role for ourselves in the world and to unite our country as we move forward into the future.

“And, with our international partners, we must work together to promote trade, increase prosperity and face the challenges to peace and security around the world.”

– Prime Minister, Theresa May

According to her speech, Mrs May’s highlights of 2016 were Queen’s 90th birthday and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, although she does not mention the doping scandals that have tainted this year’s games and those of London 2012.

The Prime Minister has also released a separate message to the Armed Forces, in which she hints she will support soldiers against moves to charge them over the deaths of IRA leaders in the early 1970s.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and LibDem leader Tim Farron have also released their Christmas messages today.

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